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Abiram Chamberlain

Abiram Chamberlain December 7, 1837 – May 15, 1911 was an American politician, and the 60th Governor of Connecticut from 1903 to 1905


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Chamberlain was born in Colebrook, Connecticut on December 7, 1837, son of Abiram Chamberlain and Sophronia Ruth Burt Chamberlain1 He was a student of civil engineering at the Williston Seminary in Easthampton, Massachusetts He was married on November 21, 1872, to Charlotte E Roberts and they had two children Chamberlain worked at father's engineering firm for many years


Chamberlain entered into banking and at the age of thirty, in 1867, he was elected Cashier of the Home National Bank of Meriden and moved to that city In 1881 he was elected president of that bank and served as president of the New Britain National Bank in 1881 He also served as vice president of the Meriden Savings Bank2

Entering into politics in the 1870s, as a member of the Meriden city council, Chamberlain also served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1877 to 1878, and was Connecticut's state comptroller from 1901 to 1902

Chamberlain won the 1902 Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected Connecticut's 43rd governor During his tenure, he signed legislation that sanctioned the establishment of the Connecticut State Police, and he endorsed laws that assisted workers3 On January 4, 1905, Chamberlain left office and retired from public service He returned to his various business interests in Meriden


Chamberlain died on May 15, 1911 He is interred at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut4


  1. ^ "Abiram Chamberlain" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 10 December 2012 
  2. ^ Abiram Chamberlain The governors of Connecticut: biographies of the chief executives 1905 Retrieved 10 December 2012 
  3. ^ "Abiram Chaamberlain" National Governors Association Archived from the original on 18 January 2012 Retrieved 10 December 2012 
  4. ^ "Abiram Chamberlain" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 10 December 2012 

External linksedit

  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978 Greenwood Press, 1988 ISBN 0-313-28093-2
  • National Governors Association
  • The governors of Connecticut: biographies of the chief executives
  • Abiram Chamberlain at Find a Grave
  • The Political Graveyard

Political offices
Preceded by
George P McLean
Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Henry Roberts

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